The ABB FIA Formula E Championship has become the first category in motorsport to be awarded with ISO 20121 certification.

The accomplishment ­– granted by SGS following a third-party audit – reinforces the commitment of the electric street racing series to leading the way in sustainable practice in events and entertainment.

The international standard of sustainability in events – ISO 20121 – was created following the 2012 Olympics in London for events to implement a management system that focusses on three key targets; becoming more socially responsible, creating a successful financial model to grow and reducing the individual environmental footprint of events.

Formula E’s approach to sustainable event management will be expanded in future seasons, the implementation of a waste management scheme and continued efforts of sourcing sustainable suppliers also adds to the championship’s legacy programme and community engagement projects.

In addition, Formula E continues to work with long-standing official logistics partner DHL on creating an optimised calendar – racing from one region to the next and reducing air freight, saving up to 15,000 tonnes CO2-eq each season. This is equivalent to the amount of annual emissions of 1,500 European inhabitants.

The ABB FIA Formula E Championship has one of the lowest carbon footprints among international sporting events with a ratio of 86 kilograms of CO2 per spectator – the equivalent of driving 400 kilometres by car. This is due to the absence of permanent infrastructure, as well as the majority of spectators coming from local communities and taking public transportation.

Alejandro Agag, founder and CEO of Formula E, commented: “I’m very proud of the hard work Formula E has put into receiving third party ISO 20121 certification – the highest award in sustainable events.

“The achievement is a testament to our entire ecosystem working towards a common goal of continuously improving our sustainability credentials and working with our supply chain at events to inspire others to make a conscious effort in minimising the impact on the environment. I look forward to other sports and categories of racing taking inspiration from the ABB FIA Formula E Championship.”